When Will Qualification Matter for the Country?

To have a defence minister like the ‘Missile Man’ is like “Sone Pe Suhaaga” for the People’s Republic of China. At this crucial time, we have a defence minister without a credible background.

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Who has more military might, China or India? Every country’s military power depends on the Defence Ministry, which is headed by the ruling government of the country. The absolute administrative control of the Armed Forces lies with the Ministry of Defense, and the Supreme Commander of the country’s defence system is the President of India.

The major function of the ministry is to obtain policy directions of the government on all defence and security-related matters, and communicate them for implementation to the Services Headquarters, Inter-Services Organizations, Production Establishments and Research and Developmental Organizations.

Our entire defence system has three basic components, the Army, Navy and the Airforce; they exercise all the operational and administrative control of the Armed Forces.

The Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, is the second woman to hold this post after Indira Gandhi, who held the post twice and also that of prime ministership. Sitharaman is the 31st defence minister of independent India. She is also the member of the RajyaSabha for Karnataka. Sitharaman graduated from Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College, Tiruchirappalli and she completed her Masters in Economics from JNU. Sitharaman also worked with BBC World Service for a short time. In 2003, Sitharaman was appointed a member of the National Commission for Women (NCW) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. After a year, in 2006, Nirmala joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). Nirmala has been appointed as Minister of State, Commerce, and Industry, with independent charge. She was also handled by the ministry of finance and corporate affairs.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest military force, is the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and also the Communist Party of China (CPC). The Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, and the Strategic Support Force these are the five division of The PLA. The PLA works under the command of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the CPC. The National Defence Ministry of China operates under the State Council is far less powerful than the CMC.

China’s missile man, Lt. Gen Wei Fenghe was appointed the new head of China’s Ministry of National Defence and state councilor on March 19, 2018. He was born in 1954, started to work in 1970 when he was just 16 years old, and then joined the CPC in 1972. He studied rocket engineering at a missile school under the Commission for Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defence. Wei has been a long-time associate of President Xi Jinping’s. In 2012, he was one of the first senior military officials who were able to express his loyalty to the president.

At a crucial time when tensions are at its highest in the border, the appointment of a lady (who does not have the credible background) and on the basis of women empowerment in the defence ministry does not make any sense. Comparatively, China has a strong military system. It is also the second largest military power. To have a defence minister like a missile man it is like a “Sone Pe Suhaaga” for the People’s Republic of China.

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When Will Qualification Matter for the Country?
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When Will Qualification Matter for the Country?
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To have a defence minister like the ‘Missile Man’ is like “Sone Pe Suhaaga” for the People’s Republic of China. At this crucial time, we have a defence minister without a credible background.
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